Dawn Princess

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Dawn Princess
Dawn Princess in Ketchikan, Alaska, USA.
Name: Dawn Princess
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Princess Cruises
Port of registry: 22x20px Hamilton, Bermuda[1]
Route: Australia and New-Zealand
Builder: Fincantieri[1], Italy
Cost: $300 million[1]
Yard number: 5955
Maiden voyage: May 1997[1]
Refit: June 2009
Identification: IMO number: 9103996
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Sun class cruise ship
Tonnage: 77,499 gross tons[1]
Length: 857 ft (261 m)[1]
Beam: 106 ft (32 m)[1]
Draft: 26.5 ft (8.1 m)[1]
Decks: 10 passenger decks[1]
Installed power: Diesel-electric 46,080 kW[1]
Propulsion: Two propellers[1]
Speed: 21 kn (38.89 km/h) maximum speed
Complement: 1,950 passengers[1]
Crew: 900[1]

Dawn Princess is a Sun class Australian - based cruise ship built in 1997 in Italy operated by Princess Cruises. The ship features eight restaurants, four swimming pools, five Jacuzzis, seven lounges and bars, and two children centres. Some restaurants offer “anytime dining” where passengers can dine with whom they want, when they want. She is the sister ship to Sun Princess, P&O's Oceana (former Ocean Princess) and Sea Princess.

As of 2009 the Dawn Princess sails Australia & New Zealand year round.

Dawn Princess was targeted to replace the Pacific Princess, sailing Australian waters between October 2006 and March 2007, to become the largest ship ever to be based in Australia, but these plans were eventually replaced by the Sun Princess as well as being served by the Pacific Dawn (previously christened Regal Princess). The Dawn Princess is now in Australia as of September 24, 2008, beginning its run with a 28-day itinerary circumnavigating Australia, after a month serving Hawaii, Tahiti, and the South Pacific[2]. From this point on, Dawn Princess will remain in Australia permanently sailing from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth alongside Sun Princess.

In June 2009, Dawn Princess was dry-docked in Brisbane, Australia for refurbishment. During the refit, a Movies Under the Stars screen was added to the main pool area, making Dawn Princess the tenth ship in the Princess fleet to offer this feature. Another addition was the Retreat, an adults-only private sunbathing area at the front of the ship, as well as a refurbishment of the photo gallery and maintenance of other public rooms.[3]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Ward, Douglas (2005). Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. ISBN 981-246-510-3.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Ward" defined multiple times with different content
  2. "Dawn Princess itineraries". http://www.princess.com/pb/searchResults.do?time=189&trade=&duration=&cruiseType=&ship=DP&date=&orderBy=&filterBy=&pageOffset=. 
  3. "Dawn Princess Drydock". http://www.flickr.com/photos/princesscruises/sets/72157619432753479/. 

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